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Scholarships and Awards

We encourage all of our students to research the possibilities for scholarships and awards to support their work. You may also be eligible for scholarships through the College of Arts and Sciences or non-USC affiliates. Visit the university's Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to research those options.

2020-2021 Scholarship Cycle


Download the Application

Instructions

The deadline to submit your application is March 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM. All applications must be printed and turned in to Dr. Floyd. Mail the completed application to:
Dr. Floyd
School of VIsual Art and Design
1615 Senate Street, Columbia S.C., 29208

Some scholarships require additional forms (see drop-down menu below).

SVAD scholarships are awarded through a competitive process. Current undergraduate students with a declared major in SVAD can apply. Transfer students and incoming freshman with a Banner ID who plan to accept UofSC’s offer of admission, and who have officially declared a major within SVAD, are also eligible.

All students who apply for a scholarship should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application for all courses taken at UofSC or at your transfer institution or high school. You must enroll as a full-time student at the University of South Carolina for the semester you apply. Undergraduate students enrolled part time are not eligible for a SVAD scholarship.

If you are awarded a scholarship through this application cycle, it is only for the coming academic year (2020-2021). SVAD scholarships are not automatically renewed for the following academic year, and you must re-apply annually.


 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ALL SVAD AREA STUDENTS

A competitive scholarship awarded to a top-performing student in any SVAD discipline who excels in their academic and SVAD course work. There is a higher GPA eligibility: 3.5 GPA or above required. Download the application guidelines. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline. Your portfolio may be submitted via URL (indicate the URL on your application) or on a USB drive that is included with your printed application.

In 2020-21, this fund will be allocated to support scholarship(s) for a top-performing, underrepresented minority students in the SVAD. Download the application guidelines. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline. Your portfolio may be submitted via URL (indicate the URL on your application) or on a USB drive that is included with your printed application.

A competitive scholarship awarded to a top-performing student in the SVAD, with preference for the award to support an Art History major. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline.

 

STUDIO ART SCHOLARSHIPS

The Boyd Saunders Art Scholarship Fund is established to support promising undergraduate majors in Studio Art who excel in their studio art practice. Download the application guidelines. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline. Your portfolio may be submitted via URL (indicate the URL on your application) or on a USB drive that is included with your printed application.

The Robert Kennedy Scholarship Fund is established to recognize and support promising undergraduate students in Studio Art who excel in ceramics.

Download the application guidelines. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline.Your portfolio may be submitted via URL (indicate the URL on your application) or on a USB drive that is included with your printed application.

MEDIA ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

This scholarship is made possible by generous donations from Media Arts alumni and friends of Media Arts. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline. Portfolio of sample works should be submitted via URL or link to downloadable file. Indicate URL on your application.

This is a competitive scholarship awarded to a top-performing student in Media Arts. (Note higher GPA eligibility: 3.5) . Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline. Portfolio of sample works should be submitted via URL or link to downloadable file. Indicate URL on your application.

ART HISTORY SCHOLARSHIPS

A competitive scholarship awarded to a top-performing student in the SVAD, with preference for the award to support an Art History major. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline.

The Undergraduate Art History Excellence Award, in honor of Charles R. Mack, is awarded to an undergraduate Art History major who has distinguished him or herself in Art History.

The Earl & Sarah Baker and Cassandra Baker McLeod Scholarship is awarded to a top-performing student majoring in Art History; if no students are eligible, it is awarded to a top-performing student in Studio Art. Follow the instructions and submit all required documents by the deadline.


ART EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Ethel S. Brody Scholars Program Endowment Fund is established to recognize and support promising undergraduate students in Art Education at the University of South Carolina. The scholarship is awarded to a rising Junior in Art Education who has shown exceptional promise and commitment to art and teaching.
Ethel S. Brody Application [pdf]

The Mary Carter Grant Scholarship is awarded to graduate and undergraduate art education majors who demonstrate progressive and socially relevant ideas on teaching art to elementary school students.

A competitive scholarship awarded to a top-performing student in Art Education who shows passion for and commitment to becoming an art teacher, and who demonstrates potential for leadership in the field of visual arts education. Graduate and Undergraduate Art Education majors are eligible to apply.

GRANTS AND AWARD FOR MEDIA ARTS STUDENTS

This $1,000 award supports a media arts student proposal for a creative media production with the goal of social impact. It is awarded every January.

Possible Projects

Projects may use any form of the media arts: motion picture, digital imaging, audio, new media, video game, sequential art, interactive project, or performance. Projects may be in any idiom—fiction, documentary, experimental, or hybrid. The completed project can be delivered through any distribution channel—for example, film festivals, national broadcast, stage, gallery exhibition, or an interactive, social media format.

Project Timeline

Grant proposals are due at 5pm on December 15. The award winner will be announced by January 31. Projects must be completed within twelve months. The award recipient must be a student for the duration of the project. Award recipients are required to submit a progress report by May 1 and a final version of the project with final report by January 31 of the following year.

Application Process
Submit the proposal form by 5pm on December 15 (late or incomplete proposals will not be considered). The proposal form includes a description of the proposed project, its social issue relevance, the target audience and budget. A successful proposal will make clear how you will know when the project has had an effect on the identified issue.

Review Process

A panel of USC Media Arts faculty will review project proposals for: quality of the proposal, potential impact on the intended audience(s), and project feasibility/probability of success.

Budget Information

Award funds may be used for design, production, supplies, travel to conduct the project and/or exhibition expenses. Any equipment or software purchased remains the property of the School of Visual Art and Design, and will be available for general student use upon completion of the project.

This award is sponsored by Walt Hanclosky, Distinguished Professor of Media Arts, and the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.

The Robert M. Vance Endowment Fund supports up to four Media Arts majors to participate in the Full Frame Fellows Program at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festivalwww.fullframefest.org Media Arts majors in good academic standing (3.0 and above) are eligible to apply for one of four available slots. Selected students will be accompanied by a faculty mentor and join other Full Frame Fellows from universities around the country for a unique program of workshops, special sessions, and screenings in Durham, NC at the festival.

Download the Full Frame Fellows application. Follow the instructions and submit required paperwork by the deadline.

Faculty Nominated Awards

The following awards are given each year to deserving students in the School of Visual Art and Design. Faculty nominate students for the awards in this category, and the School of Visual Art and Design Scholarship Committee reviews the nominations and finalizes the award. Awards with an asterisk below are the only funded awards; the student will receive the funding as a scholarship.

The Art Education Service Award, in honor of Jim L. Cromer is given to an Art Education major who has made significant contributions to the department or specific program through service activities.

This award is given to an alum who has made significant contributions to the arts.

The Graduate Art Education Research Award is given to a graduate Art Education major who has distinguished him or herself in the area of scholarly research.

This award is given to a graduate student who has made significant contributions to the department or specific programs through service activities.

This award is given to a graduate Media Arts major who has distinguished him or herself in the media arts.

The Graduate Studio Art Research Award, in honor of John Benz is given to a graduate Art Studio major who has distinguished him or herself in the production of works of art.

The Mary Carter Grant Scholarship is awarded to graduate and undergraduate art education majors who demonstrate progressive and socially relevant ideas on teaching art to elementary school students.

This award is given to one exceptional rising senior in each of our degree programs: Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, Media Arts

  1. The student must have a declared major in the major program.

  2. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher.

  3. The student must have completed at least 75 semester hours by the beginning of the Spring semester.

  4. The student must maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 semester hours) for the Fall and Spring semesters.

The Undergraduate Art History Excellence Award, in honor of Charles R. Mack, is given to an undergraduate Art History major who has distinguished him or herself in art history.

The Undergraduate Distinguished Service Award, in honor of Catherine Rembert is given to an undergraduate student majoring in any of the undergraduate programs whose service to the department or programs is significant.

The Undergraduate Media Arts Excellence Award, in honor of A. Porter McLaurin is given to an undergraduate Media Arts major who has distinguished him or herself in the media arts.

The Undergraduate Studio Art Excellence Awards, in honor of Ed Yaghjian, is given to an undergraduate Art Studio major who has distinguished him or herself in the production of works of art in each area.


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